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Trump Family Business Convicted on All Counts

The Trump Organization was convicted by a New York jury on all 17 counts of fraud (tax fraud and a scheme to defraud), conspiracy and falsifying business records.

Shorter version: The jury didn't believe Alan Weisselberg acted only for his own enrichment. They believed that he also acted to benefit the Trump Organization.

Remember Michael Cohen? I heard him on the car radio last week on MSNBC and he said what the Trump Org. and Weisselberg were doing is called "Grossing Up". He thought it was a theory that might appeal to the jury. In essence, by paying bonuses to Weisselberg and sons in real property, like apartments in Trump-owned buildings, instead of increasing their salaries on which the company would have to pay payroll taxes, the Trump Organization saved big on taxes. (Same for paying for private school tuition for the Weisselberg grandkids and for new expensive cars every year)[More...]

Prosecutors put the amount of the fraud at $1.6 million. Cohen made it sound like not only did Trump know, but that he probably authorized Weisselberg and sons to be paid extra on top of the bonus amount to compensate for the increased taxes they would have to pay. He said it was cheaper for the company to pay the Weisselbergs bonsuses, plus the amount of taxes the Weisselbergs would owe on the bonuses, than to raise their salaries and have the company be liable for the payroll taxes.

Not surprisingly, Trump reacted by calling it a witch hunt and criticizing Weisselberg, who many think lied his as* off so as not to incriminate Trump.

Cohen insists Donald knew all about it, just like he says Trump knew all about how the Stormy Daniels money was paid. I don't know whether Cohen is correct, but I remember watching Weisselberg's former daughter-in-law on the news when she said she turned all her books and records over to the grand jury, and she had a similar story. (Of course, she had just finished a bitter divorce, so again, who knows?)

Also not surprisingly, Trump Org's lawyers promised an appeal. While prosecutors may not be happy that Weisselberg didn't deliver the Trump clan, I think they will be satisfied enough with the conviction of the company that Weisselberg will get the 7 months he bargained for (or maybe less). And Weisselberg's sons are home free.

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    I find (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by BGinCA on Tue Dec 06, 2022 at 11:04:34 PM EST
    it hard to understand the effort put forth to recover $1.6m.

    Same here (none / 0) (#4)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Dec 06, 2022 at 11:06:43 PM EST
    I assumed (or maybe it was just wishful thinking) it would be more like $100 million.

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    Isn't the civil suit (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Dec 07, 2022 at 06:12:54 AM EST
    From Attorney General Letitia James the one thats for the money?

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    That and GA (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 06, 2022 at 08:21:44 PM EST
    probably a bad day for Donald.

    FWIW
    the site has been unreachable for me all day.  

    Thank you, it was unreachable for everyone (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Dec 06, 2022 at 10:39:37 PM EST
    all day until dinnertime. I was working and Peter G let me know and I let Colin (our webmaster know and Colin fixed it. Apparently "there was a bit of a DDos attack intermittently over the past week. The systems handled it appropriately but it still generated horrendously large logs which eventually dragged things down."

    Colin just cleaned them up and he says all the offending IPs were blocked automatically.

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    In her book, Mary Trump described living with her (none / 0) (#6)
    by oculus on Wed Dec 07, 2022 at 07:49:52 PM EST
    a Trump company-owned apartment.

    I would not be surprised (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Dec 08, 2022 at 08:07:10 AM EST
    if as the many criminal and civil cases close in Trump develops some vaguely defined health problem.  

    Or possibly real health problems.  He is getting on in years.

    But health problems real or imagined seem like a good way to get a little sympathy and slack.  Which he will need soon.

    IMO.